Holiday Greetings From The Shores of Lake Superior

December 17, 2018

Winter at Bluefin Bay Family of ResortsThe winter holidays are upon us and at this time of year we like to reflect on the months that have gone by, the memories made, and the adventures that were had. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests who choose Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts as your getaway destination. We are grateful and honored to help turn your vacation moments into meaningful, lasting memories.

The holidays are special and magical here on Minnesota’s North Shore. If you will be joining us over the holiday time between Christmas and New Year’s (or if you are thinking of planning a last minute getaway!) here are a few resources to help plan your trip.


Bluefin Grille:

  • Closed on Christmas Eve
  • OPEN Christmas Day for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Dinner special: Steak & Lobster with Mushroom Risotto
  • Click here for a full list of holiday hours

Coho Cafe & Bakery:

  • OPEN Christmas Eve 8 am – 3 pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Click here for a full list of holiday hours


  • We have a wide variety of complimentary activities offered year round. From winter hiking, and cross-country ski trips, to yoga and kids adventures, there is something for everyone this holiday season. Visit the online activity calendar to see a complete list and to help plan your stay.
  • Complimentary Equipment Rental! Cross-Country Skis, Snowshoes, Ice Skates, Hockey sticks and nets, ice grippers, and more can all be rented for free during your stay with us.
  • Cross-Country skiing has been lovely so far this season with limited trails open. Join us on one of our guided resort ski trips or we can provide you with a map if you prefer to head out on your own. The Sugarbush Trails have their most popular trails groomed and open. Visit their website for up to date trail conditions.
  • Lutsen Mountains is now open daily for the ski season! Early snow and perfect temps for making snow have given them a fantastic base for December skiing. Visit their website for up to date conditions and trail maps.
  • Celebrate the season with even more local activities and events! Live entertainment, art exhibition, brewery tours, great shopping and more will keep you busy and entertained this holiday season. Check out the Visit Cook County Events Calendar for a full list of happenings!

Warm Up with Live Music This Winter

December 10, 2018

microphone Live Music on Minnesota's North shoreHere on Minnesota’s North Shore we love to fill these short winter days with outdoor adventures and recreation. When night falls we prefer to get cozy, spend time with loved ones, and take advantage of the variety of live music and entertainment that warms the winter soul. Our area comes alive in the winter months with a myriad of genres and live music listening opportunities. You can find a venue offering live music performances almost every night of the week.

The Bluefin Grille will be kicking off the winter music season on December 21st with live music from 8 pm -10 pm every Monday and Friday evening. Relax with cocktails and apps, or a late dinner and enjoy the sweet sounds of local and regional musicians.

Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountains is another popular destination for live music. Here you’ll find music to satisfy everyone’s music preferences. Thursday Night Dance Parties, Friday Late Nights, and Saturday Live Music feature DJ’s and bands that will get you up dancing and celebrating weekends spent at Lutsen Mountains!

For those who prefer a more chill vibe for their listening entertainment check out Papa Charlie’s Apres Ski Acoustic or the popular Songwriter Series that starts in January. On Monday evenings they showcase talented songwriters in an intimate listening room atmosphere.

There is even more live music to be found up and down the North Shore this winter. You’ll find great solo and group performances at a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, and other local resorts. Visit the Cook County Events Calendar or the North Shore Visitor for listings of all the exciting entertainment coming to the North Shore this winter!


The Winter Fishwrapper Newsletter Is Here!

December 3, 2018

fishwrapper imageWinter is special here on Minnesota’s North Shore and we like to wrap up the upcoming season’s favorite adventures, special events, and new resort activities in a semiannual newsletter. It’s a great way to get inspired and plan your next Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts getaway. The Fishwrapper is also the perfect place for us to share stories featuring the unique vibe, people and landscape that make Cook County an exceptional place to vacation and live.

Check out the Winter 2018-2019 Fishwrapper here! 

A few highlights…

  • Don’t miss the great story by one of our favorite local photographers, Tom Spence. He has a special gift (and unparalleled patience) for capturing images of the local wildlife and offers a few tips plus locations for spotting moose…Thanks, Tom!
  • Outdoor winter adventures are front and center throughout the newsletter. Discover one of our new guided activities, staff favorites, or relive fond memories of your past Up North winter experiences.
  • Get to know the ‘locals’ from near and far! In this newsletter, we wanted to share how Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts and Cook County is meeting the labor shortage head-on. We’re thinking outside the box with a Puerto Rico recruitment effort and local culinary program to provide well-trained and long-term employees.

Happy Reading!